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Happy Independence Day, ‘Mericans!

I’ll bet you all had the day off.

Brits have been nice about it, actually. Everyone’s wished me a happy Fourth. Somebody asked if we were going to have turkey tonight, which tickled me. Like the only thing Americans can think to do on our special holidays is eat turkey. I think that might be the same person who asked if we give each other Thanksgiving Day cards.

We’re having hamburgers and beer tonight. That’s as much America as I have the energy for today. Hope you’re having a great one!

July 4, 2022 — 7:11 pm
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Happy Solstice!

We’re going to light the fire bowl, sit in the garden with a bottle of English wine and be all pagan-y.

I know a lot of you live in Hot Places, so this may not resonate with you, but it’s cold here. It’s been cold all summer so far. We had fires right into June.
To the point I really worry we’re headed into global cooling territory.

This is not like Midsummer where I growed up.

On the other hand, it’s not been unusually cold in the Winter, either. No significant snow in years. It’s like it’s just damp and cold and miserable all year round.

Global Miserabling.

June 21, 2022 — 6:19 pm
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I’m not a very observant Nazi

Man, I can’t believe I forgot to wish you guys a happy Führer’s birthday yesterday.

I think it was the SPLC that first informed the world that conservatives observe Hitler’s b’day. If you do a search of SPLC and “Hitler’s birthday” you get a long list of white supremacist goings-on that they claim were timed to coincide with the big H’s big day. Jail uprisings and the like.

I honestly would have no idea what Hitler’s birthday was if they didn’t publicize it. Now I can’t forget it.

Well, except I forgot it yesterday. Perhaps on account of that other thing we observe on the 20th.

Dead Pool tomorrow! Be here! Or don’t! I’m not the boss of you.

April 21, 2022 — 7:01 pm
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Gong hei fat choy, y’all!

‘Tis the Year of the Tiger again. This blog is so old, it’s cycling back through the Chinese Zodiac a second time. I hoped there was an old graphic I could steal, but Chinese New Year was on a Sunday in 2010. But hey, I found this neat screen shot from one of the Far Cry games. That’ll do.

Oddly enough, though we still have the godawfullest months February and March stretching out before us, it really does feel like Spring this week. The sun is shining, the birds are shouting insults at each other from the treetops, and Uncle B has his nose in a seed catalogue.

A big thanks to bds and technochitlin, respectively, for telling me a tweet of mine made both Ace and Instapundit. Woohoo!

Only, erm…mine was a stupid Boomer take and Mickey Kaus had the genuinely interesting (and terrifying) observation:

I’ve thought a lot about this since he tweeted it a couple of days ago. If he’s right – and it’s a take horribly congruent with Critical Race Theory – it’s yet another example of a mindset so alien and incomprehensible to me that we might as well be different species.

That legit scares me.

February 1, 2022 — 7:15 pm
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Merry Chickmas!

The last chicken of the year is…a robin. He’s an honorary member of my flock. We always have one, and he always comes to feed with the chooks.

You’ll note it’s a completely different species than an American robin – more like a chickadee in size and shape. Here he is in color. The European robin (Erithacus rubecula).

The robin is beloved of Brits and frequent symbol of Christmas here because they are around all Winter and they’re cheeky little bastards. If they were the size of seagulls, they’d probably have a bodycount.

And with that, I’m back to work tomorrow. I hope you had a great break and thank you for indulging me!

January 3, 2022 — 6:55 pm
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Merry Christmas, y’all!

Having a wonderful one.

The artist is Adriana de Matos, born in Portugal but lives in Scotland. This is the Christmas card Uncle B gave me.

It catches me out every year. I forget he starts festivities with a card and I usually forget to get him one. Is exchanging cards part of your family tradition?

Hope you’re having a good one. Our Christmas dinner is an evening meal, so pardon me while I go boil sweet potatoes. Carry on Dead Pooling!

December 25, 2021 — 4:20 pm
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Oh, boy, have I got some chickens for you!

We went for a drive in the country today, on our way to pick up our (perfectly enormous) turkey, and we found THIS. People, these things are *big*. They look like wireframe and paper, but surely that can’t be in a country as wet as this. I’ll bet my next paycheck they light up at night.

In total, I counted ten giant paper birds (of which, four chickens). ‘Scuse bad cellphone pic. Let me give you a sense of scale.

YES, YES, YES I want one! Uncle B, not so keen.

Is everybody ready for the Christmas Eve Dead Pool? Of course you are. What else you going to do on Christmas Even than speculate on the death of a famous person in hopes of winning a dick?

December 23, 2021 — 5:09 pm
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Our tree is always cat-heavy

It also features mice, the occasional chicken and a cow. Our tree is not tasteful.

Yay, we decorated this weekend! We splashed out a few extra pounds for a blue spruce, which smelled wonderful when we got it home. Not so strong now. Our quest for a smelly tree continues.

It’s purty, though.

Also, Uncle B went a little nuts with battery and solar powered lights out front, in protest of how dark and dour our neighbourhood is this year.

The celebrations won’t really begin until next week, but we thought we’d get a jump on the decorations.

p.s. I had this thought. What if trees aren’t smelly any more because we use cool LED lights and not those dangerous hot old bulbs?

December 13, 2021 — 8:05 pm
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Happy Bird Day!

Lookee what we’re getting for Thanksgiving weekend – a named storm. Actually, it doesn’t look too bad. Wind and cold, and not even much wind by our local standards. It be windy here. But I rolled my eyes we’re naming storms after Tolkien characters now.

I am NOT looking forward to Tropical Storm Shelob.

Just finishing the T’day prep – we have it as an evening meal. It’s just us.

We have a neighbor who grew up in the States and used to try to do a group Thanksgiving do some years, but it looks like covid has put a stop to that.

Thank goodness. She prays at the alter of Betty Crocker.

Hope yours is everything you want in a feast of excess! I’m grateful for you all!

November 25, 2021 — 5:49 pm
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Decomposing nicely

Come November, I put my pumpkin at the end of the drive and spend the winter watching it implode. It gets creepier and creepier as it collapses from the inside. My own personal memento mori.

The climate is so mild here, you’d be astonished how long it usually lasts. The first really hard freeze shatters it, but we only get one or two of them and that later in the season.

Surprisingly, no – no-one has ever smashed it against the house.

Speaking of decomposing, wanna spend the weekend with me watching Wisconsin burn?

November 19, 2021 — 7:14 pm
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